Cuban opposition leader says he’d rather remain imprisoned for life than stain his honor

Imprisoned Cuban opposition leader Jose Daniel Ferrer says he prefers to stay in prison for the rest of his life than see the communist Castro dictatorship receive any concessions in exchange for his release.

Via ADN Cuba (my translation):

Nelva ismarays Ortega Tamayo, the wife of Cuban opposition leader and prisoner of conscience Jose Daniel Ferrer, shared a message from Ferrer after visiting him in prison: “He prefers to stay in prison for the rest of his life before staining his honor.”


At the beginning of February, Jose Daniel Ferrer sent a message to the Biden administration opposing any negotiations for his release that would include concessions to the Cuban regime.

“I know important Cuban pro-democracy organizations have called on the U.S. president to not offer any concessions to the Castro-communist regime without assuring all the necessary guarantees where the Cuban people can freely choose their destiny. I am in complete agreement with this stance,” said Ferrer in a recording sent by UNPACU to ADN Cuba.

“I was one of those who supported the Obama administration’s policy toward Cuba. I believed it was a serious negotiation that would usher in material improvements in human rights for our country. I forgot the maxim that should never be forgotten: you cannot trust communists,” said the opposition leader.

He warned that “once again committing the same error with the most oppressive regime on the continent, an ally of Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, and Venezuela, would be a betrayal of Cuban democrats, political prisoners, and the people.”

“I would rather die in a dark communist prison than to owe my release to any despicable negotiation that benefits the oppressor of my people,” Ferrer concluded his message to the Biden administration.

Jose Daniel Ferrer wants no part of the Vatican and the Biden administration’s secret negotiations with the communist Castro dictatorship, which is using political prisoners as bargaining chips to obtain concessions.